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Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 04 Dec 2014 19:49

Some good Dutch reception last Friday and Saturday, in addition to my 'regulars' of Egem, Lille and multiple copies of the BBC nationals/Classic FM. I'll make this thread a cumulative log, leaving out regulars and stations I've already listed.

Saturday:
98.00 HOL Radio Decibel Amsterdam/Alticom Toren
100.70 HOL Q-music IJsselstein/Gerbrandytoren-Alticom - with RDS
101.20 HOL Sky Radio Hilversum/Media Park-Alticom - with RDS
102.10 HOL Radio 538 Hilversum/Media Park-Alticom - with RDS
91.10 HOL Slam!FM Hilversum/Media Park-Alticom
92.60 HOL NPO Radio 2 IJsselstein/Gerbrandytoren-Alticom
93.80 HOL Slam!FM Megen/Alticom Toren
94.80 HOL NPO Radio 4 Smilde/Alticom Toren
96.80 HOL NPO 3FM IJsselstein/Gerbrandytoren-Alticom
103.00 HOL Radio Veronica Lelystad/Alticom Toren
102.70 HOL Radio 538 Rotterdam/Alticom Toren (Waalhaven)

Friday:
87.70 HOL Radio 10 Lelystad/Alticom Toren
88.00 HOL NPO Radio 2 Smilde/Alticom Toren

All received on ordinary radios - a Pioneer XHM11DAB-K micro hi-fi system, a Kia car radio and a Samsung mobile phone.

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Post by mediterraneandxer » 07 Dec 2014 15:45

Catherine wrote:All received on ordinary radios - a Pioneer XHM11DAB-K micro hi-fi system, a Kia car radio and a Samsung mobile phone.
Tropo on a Samsung mobile phone with a built in radio? That's a serious DXer!
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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 06 Jan 2015 19:42

Yesterday:

104.60 BEL RTBF Classic 21 Tournai/Froidmont
97.80 HOL NPO Radio 2 Westdorpe/Verkavelingsweg

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Post by Alex Cator » 06 Jan 2015 20:15

Awesome! I can't believe you got Classic 21! I cannot get it here in Breckland, because of the (frankly annoying) Great Barton transmitter near Bury Saint Edmund's, Suffolk, that transmits BBC Suffolk on Classic 21's frequency. BBC Suffolk's RDS-PS (BBC_Suff) comes in on the A11, about a mile south of the Southern Bypass and Thickthorn Roundabout. Lowestoft was the only place in the UK that I had Classic 21, even forced to fight against Barton while there. In Lowestoft, I got their PS name (CLASS.21) displayed, as it remembered it belonged to PI code 6354, after my holiday in Lille. I have received Musiq'3 and Vivacité more often, and I even got Musiq'3 on my Sony ST-SB920 tuner here at home with a TV antenna in the loft, with a signal booster. It was very weak, playing nice classical music, but with interference of the more rough Heart FM, from Stoke Holy Cross, on 102.4. Never ever been in East Harling without BBC Suffolk! Catherine, have you noticed anything of BBC Suffolk while attempting Classic 21 yesterday. Amazing, without specialist equipment! It even blocks out France Inter from Calais where I live (104.7), apart from on the car radio, where I have got exactly that via tropo! I want to upgrade to a Korner 9.2 antenna, and an HS Publications antenna phaser, so not just Classic 21, but also the impossible (before) MNM on 101.5, from Egem. Hopefully I will also get Redruth, a transmitter in Cornwall, that uses Tacolneston's frequencies. Only thing is my worst of antennae can get Dutch stations via tropo, so I wanna keep them for goodness sake! Just no more annoying locals and semi-locals. The Korner alone shall null out Cambridgeshire completely, leaving 103 MHz (usually Heart Cambridgeshire in my QTH) free for Radio Veronica in Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands.
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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 07 Jan 2015 18:53

Alex Cator wrote:Catherine, have you noticed anything of BBC Suffolk while attempting Classic 21 yesterday. Amazing, without specialist equipment!
At first the two stations were fighting, but after several minutes I couldn't hear Suffolk at all!

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 14 Jan 2015 12:59

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Post by Catherine » 14 Jan 2015 16:10

Thanks Tim.

This sort of thing has happened before with Norfolk on 104.4 (not my local frequency) being replaced by a Dutch station.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 14 Jan 2015 16:53

Isn't it great when this happens? :)

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Post by Alex Cator » 14 Jan 2015 20:29

When you have your own house and antennae, I would recommend a Korner 9.2. All those unwanted stations will be gone. The Dutch station on 104.4 is NPO Radio 1 from Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands. The 9.2 will get either Dutch or nothing while pointing towards the Netherlands. Also on 104.4 in the Netherlands is 100% NL from Hilversum. Them two had a fight (via tropo) in Great Yarmouth about a year ago. Norfolk could've been involved as well.
Catherine, are you aware of Heart Peterborough on 102.7, or Heart Cambridge on 103.0? They are the highlights of Cambridgeshire reception in Breckland. Thetford is the DXer's nightmare location due to a lot from further inland. E.g. 102.7 may be Radio 538 in East Harling, but Heart Peterborough in Thetford. I know that I have got weak Cambridgeshire signals near the borders of Hellesdon and Drayton. Do you get the two Heart frequencies I referred to, where you live?
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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 14 Jan 2015 21:26

I sometimes get those Hearts via tropo but I get Radio 538 and Q Music more often (tropo again).

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Post by Alex Cator » 15 Jan 2015 20:09

Catherine wrote:I sometimes get those Hearts via tropo but I get Radio 538 and Q Music more often (tropo again).
East Harling can be a DXing nightmare. Not as much as Thetford, right at the bottom of Breckland.
On my setup, Heart Peterborough (102.7) and Heart Cambridge (103.0) are there all the time. Heart Peterborough is very weak, yet also quite stable and you can hear it. The slightest tropo conditions have made Radio 538 walk over Peterborough, although there is a lot of cross-fading with Peterborough on a tropo that weak. Stronger tropo openings have occasionally made 538 in stereo (it would always be in stereo on my Sony XDR-S10HDiP and Onkyo T-4970, but that was on my Sony ST-SB920 as it was before I got the other two). Once got 538 (102.7, Rotterdam) very well on the Ford car radio on the road from East Harling to Larling. Larling is the point where the B1111 meets the A11. 538 had the RDS there (PS name: RADIO538). When I got near Snetterton, it was very annoying as Peterborough got over it, right until I got to Attleborough, when 538 was back again. On my setup back then, Heart Cambridge on 103.0 was in hissy 21dB stereo, but without RDS. Once remember that Q-music got over it, but Heart was back in a few minutes, despite the VRT stations from Egem being at RDS level. Sometimes, during tropo, on the way to Thetford in the Ford, Radio 538 on 102.7 holds on for a long time, until I get to Thetford, when it gets knocked out by Heart Peterborough. My new house will be higher up, but also in East Harling. When I move there, I need a Korner 9.2 to get rid of all that inland UK junk, and leave those inland stations' frequencies free for foreign stations. The inland stuff will be stronger at the new house, as I know because I've compared my old cul-de-sac with the top of that hill, with Heart 102.7 on the car radio. Here, I sometimes get Heart from Sutton Coldfield via tropo, cross-fading with IJsselstein (Q-music), which is annoying. Sutton Coldfield may be at similar distance to Tjerkgaast, but Sutton Coldfield is not considered exotic, unlike Germany and the Netherlands, because it's not foreign. Llangollen is considered exotic, because it's in Wales. Llangollen reception cannot be verified, as I might be receiving Madingley (semi-local located near Cambridge, where Heart Cambridge on 103 MHz is from) instead. That is unless I get BBC Cymru on 104.3, the Llangollen station I listen out for, which is easy to verify, as it's one of very few Welsh-speaking stations, one of the others being Capital Cymru. Most of Wales is occupied with mainly English-speaking stations nowadays.
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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 07 Mar 2015 20:23

New stations for me last night:

98.30 RTBF Vivacité Profondeville-Rivière/Sart à Soile

92.30 Probably RTBF Vivacité Anderlues/Mont-Sainte-Geneviève

102.70 Probably RTBF La Première Profondeville-Rivière/Sart à Soile

I think I've heard this one before:
106.90 Probably Skyrock Béthune/Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen

Lille was also strong - a very French-sounding lift yesterday!

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Post by Catherine » 10 May 2015 14:10

Today I heard VRT Radio 2 on a new frequency. 93.7 from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, breaking through BBC Radio 4 from the closer 250kW Holme Moss.

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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 14 May 2015 19:11

Today:
87.9 probably Omroep Zeeland from Goes, although I have had Radio 10 from Den Bosch before. The signal faded as I drove towards the city.

Tuesday:
88.4 HOL Slam!FM from Roosendaal

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Post by Catherine » 23 May 2015 11:05

Around 8.15 yesterday morning I heard a Dutch-speaking station on 105.5, probably this:

105.50 HOL Scheldemond FM Oostburg/Watertoren zee

Egem, Lille and some BBC locals and Hearts were also up but I didn't have much time to listen. Everything seemed to have gone by the time I drove home at 16.30.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 23 May 2015 11:28

I'm glad somebody else has heard Den Bosch on 87.9. I had a Radio 10 on the car radio at the sea front a week or so ago and thought I was hearing things. I didn't realise Den Bosch was on the air. A temporary transmitter I think. Never had it at home.

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Post by Catherine » 09 Jun 2015 19:36

Unconfirmed loggings from last Thursday:

103.6 - I think it was Dutch but, as is often the case, the signal deteriorated going towards the city before I could hear an ID. Possibly Radio 10 from Amsterdam. If anyone else was listening at the time (8.15 BST), the station I heard played Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World, followed by Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk.

04.06.15 0715 104.70 F France Inter Calais/Mont d'Hubert
This is one I have definitely received before, but again I couldn't hear an ID.

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Post by Alex Cator » 12 Jun 2015 18:28

Catherine wrote:Unconfirmed loggings from last Thursday:

103.6 - I think it was Dutch but, as is often the case, the signal deteriorated going towards the city before I could hear an ID. Possibly Radio 10 from Amsterdam. If anyone else was listening at the time (8.15 BST), the station I heard played Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World, followed by Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk.

04.06.15 0715 104.70 F France Inter Calais/Mont d'Hubert
This is one I have definitely received before, but again I couldn't hear an ID.
103.6 probably WAS Radio 10 from Amsterdam. When my FM3 is outside, on top of the bench, and vertical (the washing line pole doesn't support vertical so I need the guitar stand to support it), I get Radio 10 from Amsterdam on 103.6 under flat conditions here in Harling. The format sounds like Radio 10, and there is also BBC Radio Northampton from Geddington, but you would hear English talking between the songs if that was the case. I would've expected between Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Uptown Funk that you would've heard and ID of 'Radio Tien', and 'Tien' sounds like 'Teen'.
France Inter from Calais is not a daily signal here, but it comes in often when there is a lift. My Sony XDR-S10HDiP and the modern Ford car radios are both selective enough to receive it, as 104.7 is next door to 104.6, the frequency of BBC Radio Suffolk from Great Barton. I would like to call the 104.6 station a semi-local because I'm not in Suffolk, but it is very strong and very annoying, as I'm about 7 km to the north of the Suffolk border.
Coincidentally, I was in France at the time. The best frequencies of France Inter I was aware of were 90.1 (Mende), 90.3 (Dienne-Murat), 90.4 (Clermont-Ferrand) and 99.3 (Le-Puy-en-Velay), in northern Lozere. I was on a school trip.
Here in Harling, 96.8 (Reims), 95.4 (Brest, maybe sometimes Amiens as well but I'm not sure) and 103.7 (Lille) are the best frequencies of France Inter, which can be received under flat conditions. 103.7 (Lille) can be received with on my portables (Tecsun PL-390 and Grundig G5), and the others need my Triax FM3 on the washing line pole to be received.
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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 14 Jun 2015 16:01

Wednesday night/Thursday morning:

90.50 D NDR 1 Welle Nord Heide/Welmbüttel
104.10 G BBC Radio Sheffield Holme Moss
101.80 D Deutschlandfunk (DLF) Aurich
94.90 G BBC Radio Lincolnshire Belmont
102.60 BEL RTBF Musiq'3 Tournai/Froidmont

Plus some other Dutch stations already listed in this thread.

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Re: Catherine's loggings from Norwich

Post by Catherine » 02 Aug 2015 15:33

16th July:
87.70 F RTL Saint-Omer/Wisques - presumed

This morning around 10.00:
87.60 BEL Nostalgie Vlaanderen Oudenburg/Zeeweg - again presumed

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